# Thread: The practicality of MBTI in real life

1. ## The practicality of MBTI in real life

What is the usefulness of knowing this theory in real life? I think a major use is just to have knowledge of the different methods in which people think and act. What's your take?

2. You can't know how they think and act when you don't even know their real type.
Type is not about 4 letters, type is created by its function order.
I think MBTI is bullshit.
My function order doesn't even come close to an MBTI type,
yet I come out ENTJ all the time.
What am I supposed to do, pretend I don't have a strong Si or Se?

They're basing it all on my Te-Ni. Which Te and Ni are virtually equal.
Hell for that matter, I could say my Te, Ni and Si are all equal.
Then comes Ne which is pretty good too.
So do I have a typical ENTJ order?
Nope.

This is why MBTI is so unreliable to me.

3. I think it's very useful. I even choose friends like that, lol.

4. ^ You're 15 years old.

5. Originally Posted by Jaguar
You can't know how they think and act when you don't even know their real type.
Type is not about 4 letters, type is created by its function order.
I think MBTI is bullshit.
My function order doesn't even come close to an MBTI type,
yet I come out ENTJ all the time.
What am I supposed to do, pretend I don't have a strong Si or Se?

They're basing it all on my Te-Ni. Which Te and Ni are virtually equal.
Hell for that matter, I could say my Te, Ni and Si are all equal.
Then comes Ne which is pretty good too.
So do I have a typical ENTJ order?
Nope.

This is why MBTI is so unreliable to me.
I suppose it is possible to have a Te = Ne = Si = Ni type, it'd be pretty screwed up, you'd run into strange impossibles and probably contradict yourself constantly. The chances of you running into anyone who has the same dilemma as you do are pretty slim, so MBTI is a bit more reliable. Plus you don't have to narrow someone all the way down to an exact type, you can gain useful information out of just knowing that someone is a feeler/judger/extrovert... whatever. You work out how to deal with introverts/extroverts, how to predict a T or Fs behavior with a good chance of being right, and when to not trust someone to get something done on time.

Originally Posted by hommefatal
I think it's very useful. I even choose friends like that, lol.
Bad idea. Any type can make a good friend, keep your mind open.

Originally Posted by Jaguar
^ You're 15 years old.
aint it cute? you're so age-ist, there is such thing as a smart 15 year old, not to mention, they have to learn somehow, why not teach the young-uns aye?

6. Alright, ummm...

Introverts:
You can sort of guess that they wont want to come out partying after 9 hours of work, so when they answer no, you know not to force them or anything, and to respect their space.

Extroverts:
Need to explain things out aloud, so when they're trying to work something out, you know to be patient with their dribble talk

Intuitives:
Are often having sensotard moments, go easy on them for it. Are good at seeing patterns, so if you have a job that requires it, you can rely on them to do it well, enjoy theoretical work.

Sensors:
Are good at seeing hands on things, can often go into destructive mode when bored (more often for dominants, less often for auxiliaries), prefer not to trust theory (doesn't mean they can't use it or do it better)

Thinkers:
Will make their decisions primarily based on logic rather than the feelings of others. (doesn't mean that they are better at logic, just means that they naturally trust it more)

Feelers:
Vice verse. Are more likely to understand the emotional aspects of a problem and deal with it more effectively.

Judgers:
Do things consistently, you know you can trust them to turn up on time, and you would be best off trying to keep them in a judger like environment. Make quicker decisions without considering as much information as percievers.

Percievers:
Invite this type to your parties, especially EPs . Take their time when making decisions, the decision might possibly be made better that way.

7. Originally Posted by Jaguar
^ You're 15 years old.
Does your age make you a better person?

8. ^How many threads are you trolling today?
Grow up.

9. Originally Posted by Jaguar
^How many threads are you trolling today?
Grow up.
I am not trolling them. I reply to the posts of others. You do the same.
Originally Posted by King-Of-Despair
Bad idea. Any type can make a good friend, keep your mind open.
Right. I meant I know through the type you know which traits they may have so it's easier to find interesting people.

10. The biggest practicality of MBTI is the awareness that people can operate in different manners. Even if MBTI itself is not fully accurate, it attempts to capture generalised ideas of how people think and act. It needn't be accurate to deliver the original message though.

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